Best Reason To Be Creeped Out By Magicians (2008)


As Arthur C. Clarke almost said, any sufficiently expensive trinket is indistinguishable from magic. Step into the cramped entrance of TANNEN'S MAGIC SHOP and you'll find out just how expensive the relevant trinkets can be. Founded in 1931, Tannen's carries basically every prop a magician can use, and they'll demonstrate any trick that doesn't involve, say, wild tigers or giant plumes of fire. But it's amazing how chintzy and moth-eaten all those scarves and locking rings look in broad daylight, and how weary the men stocking up on them seem. (And they're almost always men—women tend to get asked who they're shopping for.)


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